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Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Music "Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi

We are on a family vacation in what I call the "Armpit of the North", kinda like "Alabama is the armpit of the South" kinda thing.  I don't know, I like both states, although I would move to Alabama, I would not move to New Jersey, something about the draconian gun laws and what seems to be the endemic corruption in the state, everything cost much more here than back home.
   The weather was bad yesterday, I will enclose a few pics.
      This was the beach Yesterday, Rain was threatening so we packed it up and headed to the house.  We changed clothes and went looking for dinner and the rain hit, we were swimming down the road trying to find a restaurant.  We found one, it was a pizza place and the pizza up here in Jersey are different than the pizza back home.
Well today was a better day by far than yesterday, the sun came out and ht was a nice day at the beach.
     I decided to roll with Bon Jovi since we are in their area so to speak, the Jersey shore, home of the Kardashians(ewww) Bon Jovi and the Boss, Bruce Springstein. 

   
"Livin' on a Prayer" is Bon Jovi's second chart-topping single from their 12× platinum Slippery When Wet album. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child, the single, released in late 1986, was well received at both rock and pop radio and its music video was given heavy rotation at MTV, giving the band their first No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and their second consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit.
The song has become the band's signature song, topping fan-voted lists and re-charting around the world decades after its release. The original 45-RPM single release sold 800,000 copies in the United States, and in 2013 was certified Triple Platinum for over 3 million digital downloads.


 Jon Bon Jovi did not like the original recording of this song, which can be found as a hidden track on 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong. Richie Sambora, however, convinced him the song was good, and they reworked it with a new bass line, different drum fills and the use of a talk box to include it on their upcoming album Slippery When Wet. The song spent two weeks at number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, from January 31 - February 14, 1987, and four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, from February 14 – March 14. It also hit number four on the UK singles chart.
The album version of the song, timed around 4:10, fades out at the end. However, the music video game Guitar Hero World Tour features the song's original studio ending, where the band revisit the intro riff and end with a talk box solo; this version ends at 4:53. The original ending is also playable on similar video game Rock Band 2, though edited in this case (thereby eliminating the talk box solo at the end). The version included on the 2005 DualDisc edition of Slippery When Wet has an extended version of the original ending, with a different talk box solo playing over the riff (possibly taken from an outtake of the song); this version, which fades out at the end like the standard version of the song, ends at 5:06.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks – in which New Jersey was the second-hardest hit state after New York, suffering hundreds of casualties among both WTC workers and first responders – the band performed an acoustic version of this song for The Concert for New York City. Bon Jovi performed a similar version as part of the special America: A Tribute to Heroes.



"Livin' on a Prayer" is Bon Jovi's second chart-topping single from their 12× platinum Slippery When Wet album. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child, the single, released in late 1986, was well received at both rock and pop radio and its music video was given heavy rotation at MTV, giving the band their first No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and their second consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit.
The song has become the band's signature song, topping fan-voted lists and re-charting around the world decades after its release. The original 45-RPM single release sold 800,000 copies in the United States, and in 2013 was certified Triple Platinum for over 3 million digital downloads.

The video for the song features shots of the band rehearsing, then playing in front of a crowd. The first half of the video, featuring the rehearsal footage, is in black and white, and the second half of the video, performing to the arena audience, is in color.
In the beginning of the video, Jon Bon Jovi has a harness attached, and later in the music video he soars over the crowd via overhead wires.
The music video was recorded on September 17, 1986 at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and was directed by Wayne Isham. Clips of the video are also used in the Muppet Babies episode "Scooter By Any Other Name" during the song "Look At Me Now".

    

2 comments:

  1. That is one of the few that I liked from Bon Jovi, but the HAIR... Gah... LOL

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  2. Gah. I am so far behind. I took a break from blogging. So sorry. Bon Jovi is one of my faves. Not only does he have great timeless music..he is hot as f*ck.

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